Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.

Our mission is to improving the health, education and food security of families in Indigenous and rural communities in Latin America. We seek to strengthen vulnerable families by serving women and children, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala and other rural, coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated, school-based health & education programs. Pueblo a Pueblo was founded on the belief that meaningful and sustainable change requires the commitment and active involvement of the individual, community or organization that will benefit from that change. Pueblo a Pueblo strives to deepen values such as personal responsibility, se...
Mar 7, 2013

Pathway to Literacy in 2013

The new school year is in full swing and students at the Chukmuk Elementary School continue to take advantage of all the resources available at the school library. Witnessing the pure joy and excitement that students have during their library visits is a reminder of how important libraries are in a child’s education and development.

 

The literacy activities continue to supplement classroom learning, which fosters a much-needed love for reading in innovative and fun ways. Students carry on with learning the library’s cataloging system to facilitate their use of its resources and they’re quickly learning the rules to properly care for this learning environment.

 

Our first teacher training was conducted last week and teachers were encouraged to express their desires for the future of the Chukmuk School Library. Their ideas along with our ongoing collection development means a busy year in the continued effort to build a library that is a comfortable and useful learning environment for the entire Chukmuk community.

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Feb 19, 2013

WASH in 2013!

Thanks to you, Pueblo a Pueblo has successfully made badly needed sanitation infrastructure repairs in four local elementary schools (Tzanchaj, Panabaj, La Cumbre, Chacayá).  From the installation of hand washing stations to the construction and repair of bathrooms, the WASH project improved physical sanitary conditions in each school. The WASH project also successfully trained our partner schools’ teachers and directors on the basics of personal hygiene, health and hand washing.

Local community support also enabled us to enrich the hygiene lessons that we bring to children.  During the summer garden camps, a local dentist donated his time and knowledge to teach children the basics of dental hygiene. Our special guest demonstrated proper techniques to brush and floss teeth, and also discussed what healthy foods kids need to consume to have stronger bones and bodies.

Children from Panabaj, La Cumbre, Chacayá and Tzanchaj elementary schools have started this new school year in a healthier learning environment. New fun and educational murals are now decorating the school campus and serve as reminders of the healthy habits they learned in class! Children are learning to wash their hands with soap after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after playing in the school garden. Healthy hand washing habits reduce the risk of catching and transmitting germs and diseases that are partly responsible for a low school attendance. 

As the WASH project enters its second year of implementation, our partner schools in La Cumbre, Chacayá and Tzanchaj will continue teacher trainings and receive a new set of classes around hygiene and sanitation. Panabaj elementary schools will be receiving the WASH project’s first year teacher trainings so that they can learn how to create a clean and healthy environment in the schools. The teachers, directors and Pueblo a Pueblo staff are very much looking forward to continue creating healthy learning environments in our partner schools!

Jan 15, 2013

Back to School!

This week, backpacks-for-sale line the streets of Santiago, teachers are hard at work preparing their lesson plans, and Pueblo a Pueblo is preparing for another year of educational support in our 7 partner schools.

 

            The new school year commences on Monday, and for many parents in Santiago Atitlán, this day marks the beginning of another year of anxiety over expensive school costs and the possibility of having to force their children withdraw from school for economic reasons.  For 6 years, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Child Education Support program has been helping elementary school-aged children access an education they could otherwise not obtain. This year, 149 students from the Chukmuk, Panabaj and Chacayá public elementary schools will be provided with the class supplies, books, uniforms and one-on-one support they need to succeed in school. The Guatemala office has turned into temporary chaos as pencils, notebooks, art supplies, glue and much more are packed into backpacks for the students sponsored through our program. Monday morning, supplies will be provided to these children and with them the possibility of a brighter future.

 

            Our other programs are also making preparations for a year full of new plans, goals and projects!  Literacy activities in the Chukmuk School Library will continue as well as classes in our organic school gardens, and our activity coordinators are excited to get back to working with the children and teachers of our partner schools. In 2013, Pueblo a Pueblo is reaffirming its’ dedication to community-wide education through increased trainings for teachers, parents and community members. As an organization, we are aware that the success of our programs relies on the participation of all members of the school community, and we are constantly working to strengthen leadership and empower our partners through comprehensive educational programs.

 

            A new year brings new possibilities, and this year we are looking forward to seeing the dreams of our partner school children, teachers, parents and staff being realized. Thank you for your continued support!

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